Category: External News

Australians being ‘duped’ by plant-based labelling, study shows

In a direct challenge to claims by alternative protein manufacturers that there is no potential for consumers to be confused by plant based products masquerading as meat, a new study of 1000 Australian consumers showed a majority have mistaken at least one plant-based meat product as containing animal meat. Source: Beef Central Australians being… Read more »

Red meat R&D Update: Technology, people and sustainability

AMPC’s recently published Annual Operating Plan outlines key activities for the year ahead. Here are a few examples of current important R&D work in the fields of technology, sustainability and people Source: Beef Central Red meat R&D Update: Technology, people and sustainability

Crossbred entries excel in RNA’s 2021 Wagyu Challenge

Crossbred entries have excelled in Brisbane Show’s 2021 Wagyu Challenge, results from which were released overnight following the recent cancellation of this year’s Ekka due to COVID. Source: Beef Central Crossbred entries excel in RNA’s 2021 Wagyu Challenge

NSW calls for input into animal welfare laws

NSW Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has released the NSW Animal Welfare Reform – Discussion Paper as the next step of the NSW Government’s moves to modernise animal welfare legislation. Source: Beef Central NSW calls for input into animal welfare laws

Dalby sale 4 Aug 2021: Market firm for smaller yarding

Prices for a number of classes of young cattle continued to improve, with any downward price changes due to quality. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 4 Aug 2021: Market firm for smaller yarding

Ultrablacks strike gold in 2021 Paddock to Palate championships

In a week where Olympic records have tumbled with breath-taking regularity in Tokyo, closer to home Palgrove Charolais and Ultrablack genetics have again set new benchmarks for performance in one of Australia’s largest objectively measured commercial cattle competitions. Source: Beef Central Ultrablacks strike gold in 2021 Paddock to Palate championships

Remote town known for droughts now famous for its goat pies

As it turns out goat and pies are a lucrative combination, just ask Meedo Station’s Chris and Tim Higham who are capitalising on a growing trend. Source: ABC Livestock Remote town known for droughts now famous for its goat pies

Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 4 August

Cold fronts and troughs brought moderate falls of rain to the southern half of the continent, and Cape York Peninsula, during the week. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 4 August

Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 4 August

Cold fronts and troughs brought moderate falls of rain to the southern half of the continent, and Cape York Peninsula, during the week. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 4 August

Roma store sale 3 Aug 2021: Angus heifers set new saleyard record

The general run of yearling heifers averaged 10c to 14c dearer, however one consignment of very well bred Angus heifers set a Roma saleyard record at 894c/kg. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 3 Aug 2021: Angus heifers set new saleyard record

Kay’s Cuts: US (and Australian) packers face growing labour crisis

The US National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, members of the US Congress and the Biden Administration remain fixated on a belief that the US beef processing industry needs more capacity, while ignoring labour challenges which are possibly at their worst in history, columnist Steve Kay writes. Source: Beef Central Kay’s Cuts: US (and Australian) packers… Read more »

Beef Central’s beef quiz – July 2021

Test your industry knowledge with our July 2021 beef and cattle quiz. Source: Beef Central Beef Central’s beef quiz – July 2021

VIC cattle producers get even cheaper NLIS eartags

The retail price for the NLIS cattle ear tags for Victorian producers has fallen again with the tag prices reduced when ordered online. Late last year, Agriculture Victoria tendered for the supply of eartags in Victoria to be used for the electronic identification of cattle, as part of NLIS. Source: Beef Central VIC cattle… Read more »

Watchdog clears MLA over beef ad complaint

It has been a roller coaster ride for Meat & Livestock Australia’s red meat advertising campaigns in recent weeks. MLA last week received bouquets for its latest national lamb advertising campaign ‘Make Lamb Not Walls’, judged ‘TV Ad of the year’ and ‘Ad Campaign of the Year’, but amidst that success came brickbats from some… Read more »

Contrasting views as ACCC, FSANZ weigh into ‘definitions of meat’ inquiry

Two Government bodies have weighed in with submissions to the “Definitions of Meat” Senate inquiry, putting forward positions that contrast with meat industry views that non-meat protein products should not be able to be sold under meat labels in Australia. Source: Sheep Central Contrasting views as ACCC, FSANZ weigh into ‘definitions of meat’ inquiry

Spike in Merino skin prices reflects wool market

A spike in Merino skin prices is less a sign of improving pelt demand and more a reflection of a lift in wool rates, trade and industry sources suggested this week. Source: Sheep Central Spike in Merino skin prices reflects wool market

Webinar: Foot issues in sheep during a persistently wet winter

As a wet winter continues across eastern Australia’s sheep areas, producers will be monitoring for signs of lameness in their flocks. MLA is hosting another webinar in its ‘Productivity & Profitability’ series – this time on managing foot issues in sheep over winter. Source: Sheep Central Webinar: Foot issues in sheep during a persistently… Read more »

Natural insect predators go into battle against fall armyworm

Beneficial insects that prey on crop pests are being enlisted into integrated pest management (IPM) programs as one of the few effective options for helping control the exotic pest, fall armyworm. Source: Grain Central Natural insect predators go into battle against fall armyworm

'Is that a chicken?' Chook bitten by travel bug hitchhikes 300km in caravan

A stowaway chicken is causing some excitement in Western Australia. The heroic hen snuck inside a couple’s caravan, making a 320-kilometre journey to Broome and laying an egg along the way. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Is that a chicken?’ Chook bitten by travel bug hitchhikes 300km in caravan

Ekka contingency plans made after COVID-19 shuts down show

Organisers of Queensland’s largest agricultural show are scrambling to keep events and sales alive after the Ekka was cancelled just days before it was due to open. Source: ABC Livestock Ekka contingency plans made after COVID-19 shuts down show

Can breeders select for greater environmental adaptation within a breed?

In the search to get more production traits, it is important does not erode an animal’s environmental adaptation. As a result, new research EBVs such as coat type in Angus or tick scores in Brahmans when released, may help ensure these adaptation traits are not lost or wasted in the focus on production traits … Read more »

New $225,000 record-priced Angus bull finds his way onto the semen market

The new $225,000 Australian record priced Angus bull sold at the annual Texas Angus sale near Warialda last week will find his way onto the semen market, with straws expected to be released for sale in late August or early September. Sexed semen will be available next year. Source: Beef Central New 5,000 record-priced… Read more »

UN meat tax will “close down cattle industry and starve 80 million”: Katter

A carbon tax on meat which has been proposed at a United Nations food summit would shut down Australia’s cattle industry and starve 80 million people alone, says Federal MP Bob Katter who represents the sprawling North Queensland electorate of Kennedy. Source: Beef Central UN meat tax will “close down cattle industry and starve… Read more »

Wagga sale 2 Aug: Soaking rains boost prices

Buyer competition intensified despite a much bigger yarding of 2300 cattle. Price gains  were recorded across the board with trade and light weight steers  enjoying the greater rate lift. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 2 Aug: Soaking rains boost prices

Contrasting views as ACCC, FSANZ weigh into ‘definitions of meat’ inquiry

Two Government bodies have weighed in with submissions to the “Definitions of Meat” Senate inquiry, putting forward positions that contrast with meat industry views that non-meat protein products should not be able to be sold under meat labels in Australia. Source: Beef Central Contrasting views as ACCC, FSANZ weigh into ‘definitions of meat’ inquiry

Subdued July beef exports total less than 82,000t

Australia’s July beef exports showed a modest improvement on the month before, but continue to labour under the burden of critically short livestock supply, in the face of solid international demand. Source: Beef Central Subdued July beef exports total less than 82,000t

Grain handlers put call out for harvest workers

Australia’s grain handlers have put the word out for harvest workers to sign up early in preparation for what is potentially going to be a bumper 2021/22 harvest. Source: Grain Central Grain handlers put call out for harvest workers

Watchdog clears MLA over beef ad complaint

It has been a roller coaster ride for Meat & Livestock Australia’s red meat advertising campaigns in recent weeks. Source: Beef Central Watchdog clears MLA over beef ad complaint

Weekly kill: Elevated COVID risk, shipping congestion impacting processing

The elevated COVID challenge being experienced in southern Queensland – easily the largest concentration of beef processing capacity in the country – has seen operators redouble their efforts to keep illness out of factories over the past fortnight. Meanwhile, grid prices continue to push into new record territory this week. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

Beijing plays down impact of Henan Province floods

Typhoon In-Fa has brought torrential rain to China’s Henan Province, and global corn and wheat markets rather than official sources will tell the story of how much impact it has had on the region’s corn crop, and on its stored grain. Source: Grain Central Beijing plays down impact of Henan Province floods

COVID forces Ekka’s cancellation, for second year

Due to the extension of the current South East Queensland lockdown and worsening local COVID- 19 outbreak, the 2021 Royal Queensland Show has been cancelled in the best interests of public health. It is the second year in a row that the Ekka has been cancelled due to the worldwide COVID pandemic. Source: Beef… Read more »

To restock or not: making good decisions when livestock prices are high

After years of drought depleting livestock numbers and with continued high prices in the saleyard and online auctions many producers are faced with some difficult decisions about restocking. Source: Beef Central To restock or not: making good decisions when livestock prices are high

Dog deaths linked to contaminated horse meat

A recent spate of dog deaths in Victoria has been traced to a consignment of horses transported from the Northern Territory to be processed for pet meat, according to Primesafe and Agriculture Victoria. Source: Beef Central Dog deaths linked to contaminated horse meat

Dogs vs drones: unlocking the benefits of AI mustering

Drones are being put to the test against working dogs to muster sheep as part of new UNSW Canberra and Charles Sturt University research. Source: Sheep Central Dogs vs drones: unlocking the benefits of AI mustering

NSW farmers can now apply for mouse bait rebates

Farmers in New South Wales can now apply for mouse bait rebates of up to $10,000 per farm business through the Rural Assistance Authority website. Source: Grain Central NSW farmers can now apply for mouse bait rebates

Bayer to drop Roundup from US lawn and garden market

Bayer has announced it will replace glyphosate-based products in the US residential lawn and garden market with alternative formulations in 2023 as part of a five-point plan to contain its litigation risk. Source: Grain Central Bayer to drop Roundup from US lawn and garden market

Pet food crisis deepens with spotlight on NT horse meat, questions over recalls

Horse meat from the Northern Territory is being investigated as the cause of 21 pet dog deaths in Victoria amid a worsening scandal which now includes up to 30 Melbourne retailers. Source: ABC Livestock Pet food crisis deepens with spotlight on NT horse meat, questions over recalls

The price of pests: Australia’s $390 billion invasive species bill over past 60 years

In the last 60 years alone, deliberately or accidentally introduced invasive species have cost the Australian economy $390 billion, a new analysis has revealed, with that number likely to rise unless better investments, reporting and coordinated interventions are introduced. While feral cats are the single-most costly individual species, costs arising from the management of invasive… Read more »

The price of Australia’s pests was $390 billion in past 60 years

DELIBERATELY or accidentally introduced invasive species have cost the Australian economy almost $390 billion in the last 60 years, a new analysis has revealed. Source: Sheep Central The price of Australia’s pests was 0 billion in past 60 years

Welcome to the little NSW farming town that grows dreams

Powered by volunteers — and a bumper sorghum crop on the edge of the airstrip — Farming for Kids nurtures young dreams through scholarships and donations. Source: ABC Grain Welcome to the little NSW farming town that grows dreams

Offerings, clearances decline in online trading

Reports of buyers baulking at the higher prices required to secure quality lines impacted clearance rates for younger cattle online this week, with quality the main determining factor for lower average prices for confirmed breeding stock. Source: Beef Central Offerings, clearances decline in online trading

RSPCA Australia calls for sheep exporter’s suspension

RSPCA Australia has called on the Australian Government to strip the export licence from live sheep exporter Livestock Shipping Services, claiming it has breached live export regulations 44 times. Source: Sheep Central RSPCA Australia calls for sheep exporter’s suspension

MLA Summer Lamb ad wins award and boosts sales

MEAT & Livestock Australia’s ‘Make Lamb Not Walls’ advertisement has backed up its strong retail sales result by winning the ‘TV Ad of the year’ and ‘Ad Campaign of the Year’ at The Mumbrella Awards last night. Source: Sheep Central MLA Summer Lamb ad wins award and boosts sales

JBS’s Royal 100 brand program celebrates Brisbane show winners

In the countdown to Brisbane Royal Show starting next Thursday, JBS Australia is showcasing samples from the prestigious RNA Paddock to Palate competition, with a limited-release beef offering across retail and food service outlets in Brisbane and regional areas of Queensland. Source: Beef Central JBS’s Royal 100 brand program celebrates Brisbane show winners

Qld police seek help to find missing cattle

Police believe the mob of mixed bred flat back steers went missing or were stolen sometime between 4.30pm on Tuesday, 27 July, and 8am Wednesday, 28 July. Source: Beef Central Qld police seek help to find missing cattle

Episode 23: Veteran meatworks cattle buyer, David Ronalds

In this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat again on veteran Victorian meatworks cattle buyer, David Ronalds, who this year clocks up his fifth-eighth year buying cattle across eastern and central Australia. How has the industry changed? What was cattle buying like back in 1964, when… Read more »

Australian exporter withdraws sheep from Jordanian facility

AUSTRALIAN sheep have been withdrawn from a Jordanian slaughter facility after non-compliant mishandling was reported to exporter Livestock Shipping Services during the Eid festival by animal rights body Animals Australia. Source: Sheep Central Australian exporter withdraws sheep from Jordanian facility

Definitions of Meat inquiry submission deadline extended, producers urged to speak up

The deadline for the Senate Enquiry into Definitions of Meat and other Animal products has been extended to the 13th of August providing a great opportunity for all cattle producers to make a statement on the issue.  Source: Beef Central Definitions of Meat inquiry submission deadline extended, producers urged to speak up

Biosecurity = food security = national security

$66 billion reasons to radically shift our perspective on biosecurity and the systems that protect our prosperity and security. Source: Beef Central Biosecurity = food security = national security

Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2021

Rainfall for August to October is likely to be above median for most of Australia, with most of the eastern two-thirds of the mainland showing a greater than 80 percent chance. Source: Sheep Central Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2021

Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2021

Rainfall for August to October is likely to be above median for most of Australia, with most of the eastern two-thirds of the mainland showing a greater than 80 percent chance. Source: Beef Central Seasonal climate outlook Aug-Oct 2021

Mapping changes a relief for emergency services, residents

The removal of impassable, non-existent roads from official maps will make life easier for road users and emergency services thanks to a partnership between an agricultural lobby group and the state government. Source: ABC Livestock Mapping changes a relief for emergency services, residents

Farmers fear 'no light at end of tunnel' with worker shortage

More than 18 months after the pandemic hit, dairy farmers are tired, stressed and nervous due to the pandemic-induced worker squeeze.  Source: ABC Livestock Farmers fear ‘no light at end of tunnel’ with worker shortage

Angus bull sets new $225,000 breed record

The 2021 spring bull selling season is off to a cracking start, with a new national Angus breed record of $225,000 set this morning at the annual Texas Angus bull sale in northern NSW. Source: Beef Central Angus bull sets new 5,000 breed record

Strong lift in AA Co’s share price in advance of today’s AGM

Swept along by a rampant beef cattle and property market, Australian Agricultural Co shares finished at a three-and-a-half year high of $1.405 yesterday, in advance of this morning’s 2021 annual general meeting, held online. A greater focus on sustainability, and weathering the COVID storm in international beef markets occupied much of this morning’s presentations to… Read more »

Live exports suspended over welfare concerns in Jordan

An Australian exporter says live export sales to Jordan have been stopped due to “unacceptable conduct” in a breach of animal welfare rules. Source: ABC Livestock Live exports suspended over welfare concerns in Jordan

Cattle producers set for bumper spring: MLA Projections

Cattle producers are expected to experience the best spring in recent memory, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) latest Australian Cattle Industry Projections. Source: Beef Central Cattle producers set for bumper spring: MLA Projections

Dalby sale 28 July 2021: Firm demand for 3580

Demand remained firm with strong buyer competition however overall prices eased for steers and heifers with the exception of light weight yearling steers and medium weight yearling heifers, while heavy weight prime cows improved. Source: Beef Central Dalby sale 28 July 2021: Firm demand for 3580

Australian farmers adapting to climate change but more work ahead

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences’ (ABARES) latest Insights report examines the effects of recent and possible future changes in climate on the profitability of Australian farms.  Source: Beef Central Australian farmers adapting to climate change but more work ahead

AA Co AGM questions: What was on shareholders’ minds?

Prospects for shareholder dividends, the future of the company’s mothballed Livingstone Beef abattoir near Darwin, and risk of cattle theft were among questions put to the Australian Agricultural Co board during this morning’s 2021 annual general meeting. Source: Beef Central AA Co AGM questions: What was on shareholders’ minds?

Sharing love through flowers: One young boy's mission to summon smiles

Most ten-year-old’s pocket money goes straight into their piggy bank, saving for the latest Lego kit or new toy, but that’s not the case for one boy in the NSW Hunter Valley. Source: ABC Livestock Sharing love through flowers: One young boy’s mission to summon smiles

English shearer sets new nine-hour lamb record of 872

A GLAMOUR shearing record once the domain of New Zealand’s best has been broken in the United Kingdom for the second time in five years by a shearer averaging one lamb every 37.16 seconds over nine hours. Source: Sheep Central English shearer sets new nine-hour lamb record of 872

Research shows variable climate cutting farmers' profits

Farm incomes have become more variable with changing climate,  according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, and it is costing farmers $30,000 a year, every year.  Source: ABC Livestock Research shows variable climate cutting farmers’ profits

Beyond Blue partners with Zoetis to aid rural women in need

MENTAL health and wellbeing support body Beyond Blue has joined forces with animal health company Zoetis to focus on women’s mental health this year. Source: Sheep Central Beyond Blue partners with Zoetis to aid rural women in need

Three-day Wool Connect conference planned for September

WOOL growers across the world will again be connected with supply chain stakeholders in the second annual Wool Connect virtual conference in September this year. Source: Sheep Central Three-day Wool Connect conference planned for September

Merino wethers gain weight in industrial hemp feed trial

WESTERN Australian research has found production gains could be made by feeding sheep industrial hemp as a summer feed option. Source: Sheep Central Merino wethers gain weight in industrial hemp feed trial

Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 28 July 2021

A cold front and low pressure system brought widespread rain to the southern half of Australia in the first half of the week, while cold fronts later in the week produced destructive winds and moderate falls over SA, Victoria, Tasmania and south-west WA. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 28 July… Read more »

Olympic sheep dog trial idea has international support

SHEEP dog trialling will be an Olympic sport in Brisbane in if New South Wales Angie White and hundreds of supporters have their way. Source: Sheep Central Olympic sheep dog trial idea has international support

Australia remains well on top in global cattle and beef price ‘league table’

With cattle markets continuing to push to stratospheric levels during July, it’s perhaps no surprise that Australia remains well on top in the ‘international league table’ that represents live cattle and carcase beef prices around the world. Source: Beef Central Australia remains well on top in global cattle and beef price ‘league table’

UPDATED: Blayney plant reopens after COVID closure

The Nestlé Purina pet food plant at Blayney opened again on Friday, five days after locking down when an employee contracted COVID-19 through a site visitor. Source: Beef Central UPDATED: Blayney plant reopens after COVID closure

Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 28 July 2021

A cold front and low pressure system brought widespread rain to the southern half of Australia in the first half of the week, while cold fronts later in the week produced destructive winds and moderate falls over SA, Victoria, Tasmania and south-west WA. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 28 July… Read more »

Roma store sale 27 July: Quality mixed in 6284 head yarding

Despite the sizable yarding, competition remained firm for quality cattle with price fluctuations reflective of quality variations. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 27 July: Quality mixed in 6284 head yarding

Banks refusing to finance law-abiding businesses should lose deposit guarantee, inquiry told

That activists can effectively blackmail “skittish financial organisations” to withdraw financial services to law-abiding businesses is of grave concern to Australia’s economy, a joint Parliamentary Inquiry was told yesterday. Source: Beef Central Banks refusing to finance law-abiding businesses should lose deposit guarantee, inquiry told

ACCC appeal lifts hopes for Newcastle container port

A Federal Court ruling which affects the economics of a proposed container terminal in Newcastle has been appealed by the ACCC. Source: Grain Central ACCC appeal lifts hopes for Newcastle container port

Mice numbers fall; threat remains for spring

Winter has subdued mice numbers throughout Australia’s cropping regions, but the threat is far from over with populations remaining high enough in some areas to potentially spark a spring outbreak. Source: Grain Central Mice numbers fall; threat remains for spring

CQLX Gracemere retains mantle as southern hemisphere’s largest stud selling venue

Rockhampton’s CQLX Gracemere selling centre easily retained its mantle as the largest stud cattle selling facility in the southern hemisphere last year, accounting for 2628 head of bulls and registered females, spread across 15 sale fixtures and eight major breeds. This year, another 14 sales are scheduled between August and October, as the northern Australian… Read more »

The cost of an extended calving period

There’s been strong reader comment response to last week’s genetics item discussing advantages of a shorter gestation length (click here to view). Here’s a second item from genetics editor Alastair Rayner on the cost of an extended calving period and related topics…. Source: Beef Central The cost of an extended calving period

Despite Victorian lockdown ending, border farmers concerned as produce goes to waste

Australia’s agricultural industry has been largely unscathed by the pandemic, but as Victoria sees out another lockdown and NSW faces indefinite restrictions, small-scale border farmers are uncertain about their future. Source: ABC Livestock Despite Victorian lockdown ending, border farmers concerned as produce goes to waste

Producers encouraged to share their experiences in Agricultural Census

Farmers and graziers are being encouraged to participate in the 2021 Agricultural Census to provide an accurate picture of the nation’s agricultural activity. The survey can be accessed via an online portal or in paper form, and must be completed by 5 August. Source: Beef Central Producers encouraged to share their experiences in Agricultural… Read more »

British shearer to make second world record attempt

COVID-19 restrictions have cancelled a shearing record attempt planned in New South Wales next weekend, but English shearer Stuart Connor will have another go at the world nine-hour strongwool lamb record in Cornwall tomorrow. Source: Sheep Central British shearer to make second world record attempt

 Meat and plant science showcased at livestock forum

The path to a carbon neutral future, environmental sustainability and profit for the red meat and livestock industries will be the focus at a forum in Wagga later this month. Source: Beef Central  Meat and plant science showcased at livestock forum

Farmers concerned about “anti-meat UN talkfest”

The National Farmers’ Federation and Red Meat Advisory Council is seeing red at the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) and has urged the Government to do its best to stop uninformed and alarmist outcomes being supported. Source: Beef Central Farmers concerned about “anti-meat UN talkfest”

Weekly kill: Processor margins improving, but still a long way from ‘black ink’

There’s been a moderate improvement in beef processor profitability on cattle slaughter this month, but it remains a long way from ‘black ink’. The monthly processor margin calculated by TEM’s Matt Dalgleish recorded an average loss per head of cattle processed last month of $253. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Processor margins improving, but… Read more »